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Medical Advice Required

#1
Hi there, I'm a complete newbie on here. I just found the site while surfing the web.

I am interested in joining the TA however I think my medical condition may stop me. I have metal plates & screws in both of my ankles however this does not affect my physical performance at all. In fact I compete in kickboxing so I have a good level of fitness and am highly active. Would the plates be an automatic bar to entry? If anyone could advise it would be appreciated. I have emailed the AFCO but they said they could not answer my question, I have applied anyway so I am awaiting word back
 
#2
3.12.14. Previous fracture with internal fixation6. One year7 must have
elapsed since the fracture/surgery in all cases. Candidates with upper limb
fractures whose union is confirmed, without deformity, lack of tenderness over
the area of metal work and who are asymptomatic with exercise comparable
with military training and have full function of the joints above and below the
injury may be graded P2; the same conditions apply for candidates with lower
limb fractures. However, because of weight-bearing concerns, referral to
confirm full functionality is recommended in these latter cases. If surgery has
resulted in reconstitution of anatomy (e.g. minor or simple intra-articular
fracture fixed with screws), the candidate may be acceptable provided he/she
is symptom-free with activity comparable with military training for 3 months
and has been referred for specialist assessment. However, candidates who
have received complex surgery involving joints or internal fixation of major
upper and lower limb joints should always be graded P88.
 
#6
No you're right it says

" However, because of weight-bearing concerns, referral to
confirm full functionality is recommended in these latter cases."

and

"the candidate may be acceptable provided he/she
is symptom-free with activity comparable with military training for 3 months
and has been referred for specialist assessment"

which means you'll have to see a specialist who will confirm whether your ankle plates are up to the job/restrict you in any way/will see you break down like a 40yr old greyhound on a big hill! Or to put it another way, you'll have to wait and see!
 
#8
I had my medical today, as expected I have been referred, the doc said it is possible that I may have to see a specialist but she seemed to think there would be no problem.

I know in myself I'm gonna get a knock back though. I should have kept my mouth shut, considering I was fully clothed the whole time they would never have known
 
#9
I had my medical today, as expected I have been referred, the doc said it is possible that I may have to see a specialist but she seemed to think there would be no problem.

I know in myself I'm gonna get a knock back though. I should have kept my mouth shut, considering I was fully clothed the whole time they would never have known
Ah, but when the army pull your med records from your GP or failed to inform the army and then had issues with your ankle in training on exercise or even worse on operations andyou lied on your application you could and if not would be kicked out!!!

So in 'keeping quiet' you are only letting yourself down and they would of found out. But you have done the right thing in the long term

STILTS
 
#10
Whilst we're asking random technical questions to complete internet strangers, can anyone tell me how to rewire my house. I'd also like to run a DIY gasmain from the main road, preferably bypassing the meter. Cheers guys.
 
#12
I think you'll find Psychiatry is next door.
No the shrinks are two doors down on the left, next to the dodgy londis shop. Next door has a big hole where the gas main was and is now missing. Seems some do as you likey nicked it in the night, this area really is going down hill!!
 
#14
My point hampton, is that depsite being told by a doctor it has to be a specialist referall, you then go and ask complete strangers for the answer you WANT to hear beacuase the answer you are currently getting by the person qualifed to deal with the matter is NOT the one you were hoping it would be. Yes, there are doctors and medical specialists here on ARRSE however since they are not dealing with you in a professional capacity, anythnig they come back with is pure speculation and conjecture. Or were you going to quote some random arrse postings as evidence that said doc hasnt got a clue?

Oh, and calling someone fuckface just because you dont like what they say is probably going to end in tears for you as one of your DS wraps a rifle round your swede. Assuming you ever get that far that is.

Oh, and good luck with your application :)
 
#15
My point hampton, is that depsite being told by a doctor it has to be a specialist referall, you then go and ask complete strangers for the answer you WANT
I actually asked the question before I had the medical, I just thought someone may have been in a similar position or may know someone who has. I know it's down to the doc at the end of the day. Ok **** face :)
 
#16
A request for further medical advice -

Asthma - I am currently under investigaion for asthma. I fear I know the answer. It is being investigated because of recent unusual experiences.

What influence will it have on my continuing TA membership. IF I have asthma it is not too bad - I can pass a PFT/ACFT etc.

Specifically, I hope to mobilise again next year. If diagnosed am I on a hiding to nothing ?

Cheers in anticipation.
 
#17
I think you know the answer but have a word with your GP. Because of the socio-economic climate at the moment GP tend to err on the side of caution with asthma diagnosis and tend to diagnose many non-immuno-related respiratory problems as asthma. Ask your GP to be very careful with his diagnosis and explain to him why. He will be used to a lot of his patients wanting an asthma diagnosis, you will make a refreshing change.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#18
a lot of diagnosed asthma is just due to being unfit, very simple intollerances (like milk) and reduced lung capacity from being sat around playing call of duty too much.

I used to have that and probably still do as my intollerance is dairy which produces gallons of sticky mucus but I got around it by cycling so much I could go aerobic sooner and so slow down my breathing thus reducing the need to gasp and splutter.

dry dusty air used to mess me up as well so I ran at night when it was cooler
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#19
A request for further medical advice -

Asthma - I am currently under investigaion for asthma. I fear I know the answer. It is being investigated because of recent unusual experiences.

What influence will it have on my continuing TA membership. IF I have asthma it is not too bad - I can pass a PFT/ACFT etc.

Specifically, I hope to mobilise again next year. If diagnosed am I on a hiding to nothing ?

Cheers in anticipation.
A spirometry test with the practice nurse will tell you for sure. Could be hayfever if you've not had symptoms before. I hope all goes well.
 

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